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Monday, April 23, 2018

Florence, Colorado: Featured In Current Issue Of Colorado Life Magazine

It's finally happened! Florence, the antiques capital of Colorado, is featured in the May/June issue of Colorado Life magazine.



For a sneak peek of the Florence article: http://www.coloradolifemagazine.com/June-2018/Florence-Antiques/

To read the entire article, one has to get a paper copy. Those are available at Big D Supermarket and Dollar General in Florence, as well as Safeway and City Market in Canon City. Plans are also underway to have Colorado Life magazines available for sale in many of Florence's antiques shops and other businesses.


Fremont County Colorado: Death Threats, Dinosaurs and Dating On Twitter

Don't ask me how it happened. I don't remember. But somehow I took a liking to visiting venerable institutions and museums and having someone take my picture while I was acting like, well myself.


Tonight I don't have time to recount my trip to a local museum. But I will soon.

I'm really rather camera shy. It was only recently that I finally posted a picture of myself on Twitter.


Yes, this is the first and only (until tonight) picture of myself I have posted on Twitter or much anywhere else.

Why is that? Well, I am not of the Internet generation exactly. I'm an old dinosaur--so several years ago when I got online and started writing and posting, I was in for a rude awakening about people. Eeek, some of them can be mean. I got a few death threats. But they were actually nice death threats. Some people didn't like the subject matter I was writing about. BUT I write about even controversial things fairly politely, so one of my favorite death threats was something along the lines of: "You seem nice a really nice lady. It would be such a shame if something happened to you! Don't you think you should stop so nothing will happen to you?"

But some of the threats were less than nice--and one actually came from a minor, very minor notable, who actually ran for President of the United States, many years ago. Naturally I didn't want to get into a pissing match with someone like that.

That's why I don't usually post pictures and have many pen names across the net.

Last death threat was many moons ago. But here's the latest "FUN" I've had on the net.

Now remember, the above picture of me fake screaming in front of a stuffed bear at Bass Pro Shops is the ONLY picture of myself on Twitter. I guess I should explain, I am the one in the tacky floral shirt and it's the bear that's the hairy beast. Of course, the person who waxes my mustache and bikini line would not agree with that statement.

Anyway, it should be super obvious that by posting that picture I am NOT looking for a date or any action on any type, except perhaps action with figures or displays that are of the taxidermy or resin or museum kinds. (I heard a rumor from my husband that he recently found a picture that he had forgotten about showing me doing something quite unreasonable in the region of the David statue in the Louvre in Paris.)

Here's my favorite response to my picture from some poor sap on Twitter: Hey pretty woman A feeling of happiness, joy and love has creeped in me that everyone who look at you seen how beautiful you are, thanks for accept me.

Ooops! English is maybe not this dude's first language? They don't call me Sherlock for nothing! And those feelings of happiness, joy and love that CREEPED in him, creeped me out even worse.

This is about the dozenth such Direct Message I've received on Twitter, but this one is the most bestest of all of them. Many of them note just how beautiful and pretty I am. Really? I guess they didn't look at the picture.

I asked my husband what all this meant and he said it meant they hoped I was some lonely, rich old lady that liked to hang out with stuffed bears. So lonely and alone that I would jump at the chance to send a money order to Africa (or wherever) so they could take a plane trip to gaze upon my lovely face in person.

I had toyed with the idea of writing all these Twitter fools back and saying something like:" Oh my God! You are SO freaking gorgeous for an older guy. There are things I want to do to you that I can't even say in words. PLEASE send me some money immediately! I am poor, but a lot of fun. Yes, a lot of fun. I will use the money to visit you immediately!"

But I decided that instead of using my powers for evil, I will be a good girl. I don't want to set off hacking and death threats. Yes, I was hacked on Facebook years ago and someone hijacked my account and started writing things I had no knowledge of.

So, that's why I don't mention my name and rarely post my picture. But what the heck. Life is too short and if I want to post pictures of myself screaming all across Colorado and the world someday--screaming with joy that is--then I will.

Just don't ask me for a date. My husband only lets me date fictional characters, dinosaurs and stuffed bears. And don't politely threaten to kill me, because trust me, I'm not as pretty and sweet in person as my screaming pictures indicate.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

It's A Crime To Like The Roseanne TV Show: Time For The WTF (What The Frog) Award

Time for me to hand out the WTF Award. What The Frog? I haven't handed out that award in a long time--and always reserved it for funny or strange collectible items that never should have been manufactured. I never handed out the WTF Award to people--only inanimate objects.

I don't get political on this blog much. I could. I have all sorts of folks coming into the antiques mall I work at who tell me how they feel. One was even campaigning for a major political office. Her campaign motto was: Blank listens. Obviously she wasn't listening to my polite cues. She went on to trash the President. I was the one who listened to her with nary an eye blink. I finally tactfully ended the conversation, because I don't feel customers and browsers wandering a store need to hear something that might go against what they feel. But I felt this political campaigner needed to be heard also.

 I think it's tacky to discuss spiritual matters and politics when working--except in the most general terms, and only if asked. And I am supportive to people of ALL political beliefs in public. I am NOT so insecure in my own beliefs that I feel the need to belittle people when they are literally in a public store screaming that it was a travesty that Hillary didn't win since she was the only one qualified. And when folks come into the store yelling that Hillary should be locked up, I respond the same way. Supportive. I listen. I let them all talk. They have a right to speak! Even though I disagree with one of those sides--I feel they have a right to speak and tell me how they feel without me going snide on them. As long as their voices don't get so loud that it interferes with people's shopping experiences.

And I'm the same way in my private life. I'll tell you, if I know you.

I don't even get that political on Twitter, even though it's pretty apparent I have certain views, based on what I like on Twitter.

But I don't post controversial things or get into arguments with people over guns, politicians, immigration, etc.

So, why I am I ready to hand out the WTF Award?

I apparently committed a cardinal sin on Twitter last night--right after I watched Roseanne on the telly.

Here's my HORRIBLE political tweet: It seems is getting funnier with each episode. Loved it!

That's it. That's what I tweeted. Normally I get under a dozen "likes" on my Tweets. But unsolicited by me, the folks from Roseanne at ABC re-tweeted my Tweet. Lots of people saw it--and I'm at about 350 likes on that Tweet.

A few people wrote me that they agreed and many re-tweeted it. I've enjoyed Roseanne even 20 years ago during her first show.

Notice the Tweet indicates I love the show and think it's funny. I don't mention Roseanne Barr. I don't even put her Twitter handle in it, so it won't go to her Twitter feed or have a good chance of being read by her.

It happens I like Roseanne's character and comedy. I also love Dan and Jackie too. The whole cast. I had even predicted (behind closed doors) 20 years ago that "Jackie" was a brilliant actress--and 20 years later I am NOT surprised she was nominated for an Academy Award.

Well, it turns out--some people think it's a crime to like the show. Yes, I am well aware that in real life Roseanne Barr has some political ideas that some people despise. Yes, I am aware she has Tweeted some very controversial subjects. Yes, I am aware the real Roseanne dressed up as Hitler for a Jewish satire magazine. Yes, I know Roseanne is Jewish.

But guess what? I don't know Roseanne personally! I wasn't commenting on whether or not I liked her personally. I like her damn TV show.

I have a feeling I might like some things about Roseanne personally. Turns out she owns a macadamia nut farm very close to where many of my husband's family still lives. I'm pretty sure we could chat about that special part of Hawaii. And I am sure I agree with some of her political views--and probably not on others. And who gives a fig if I agree with her or not in her personal life?

So, who does the WTF Award go to?




To three VERY special people, whom I do not know on Twitter, that felt they needed to chide, scold and revile because I said I liked the TV show. One asked why a Cosby reboot with a drug rape was funny? I honestly don't drink alcohol much--but I think I'd have to be very drunk to even understand what that meant. I never have seen an entire episode the Cosby show. And I must have missed the Cosby reboot and drug rape on Roseanne.

Another person sent me a picture of Roseanne dressed as Hitler, basically insinuating I was a Nazi for liking the Roseanne show. Oh, my. I still have the binoculars that my grandfather divested the Nazi of during WWII. My grandfather and ALL his four brothers went to fight the Nazis--all at the same time!

Let's assume that the Jewish Roseanne (in real life) was a Nazi. That would be disgusting to me. But most people know that the people in Hollywood movies, on TV and who write best sellers, etc. are not necessarily the "characters" they portray to entertain us. It is NOT my responsibility to run down every bio on every TV show I watch to make sure the actors, writers, etc. live personal lives that fit my own morals.

I only hunt down people with high morals if I am going to hang out with them, go into business with them, be their friend, marry them or make them my spiritual mentors.

OK, so it was insinuated by the first two recipients of the WTF Award that I am a Nazi and enjoy Cosby sex/drug immorality because I think the Roseanne show is funny.

But the third person to get my award. Well, it was insinuated that because I found Roseanne (the TV show) funny, then it followed that I thought everything Roseanne tweeted since the beginning of time was funny. I was sent a 2016 Tweet of Roseanne Barr's where she was really quite pissy and vulgar towards Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart.

Oh, pulllease, recipients of the WTF Award--no I didn't think that Tweet was particularly hilarious. But I didn't think I had to go into the archives and read every Roseanne Barr Tweet to decided if I wanted to watch her show--and God forbid, actually find the show funny.

Loosen up America. I watch all sorts of stuff on TV. If it's not funny--or degrades people, I don't watch it. I don't care if it's coming from a liberal, or a conservative. A Democrat or a Republican. I vote. Oh, yes I do. I was even a presidential candidate delegate years ago. But I am not going to reject an interesting or funny show because of politics. How controlling and snottily judgmental is it for complete strangers to suggest I need a "public" paddling over watching a TV show.

Yes, I care about politics and this USA. Always have. Even before I did the Ancestry.com thing and DNA test and realized politics is literally in my blood. Ancestor of George Washington, the first governor of Connecticut, a mayor of London in the 1600s, and on and on. Most people would be fascinated to find they have George as an ancestor. I was. I am. But the relation I was most fascinated by was William Wallace. You know, BRAVEHEART. There was a movie made about him starring Mel Gibson. Oh, I get it. I shouldn't have watched the movie (even though at the time I didn't know Braveheart was a many times great-grandfather) because freaking Mel Gibson turned out to have some REAL problems in his personal life--like alcohol and ranting about Jewish people.

No. It's all stupid. I can't live my life not watching Roseanne or Mel Gibson or whomever--because they did some things in their personal lives that were/are questionable.

So, don't ever try to tell me, in a snide way, that I am something I am not, because of what TV or movies I watch.

And I'll let the readers guess if the three recipients of the WTF Award, in their bios identified as liberals or conservatives. And coming after me--who in the bio only mention Colorado, antiques, Florence and George Washington--and does not mention a political leaning, is the height of ridiculous.

Is this what this country has come to? Attacking people who have views, but aren't real obvious, or obnoxious about it? Based on finding a TV show funny? If these folks (and I use the word folks lightly) thought I would come over to their side and see the light...they more horrify me with their lack of logic and actually make me think there might be some credence to the notion that certain factions in this country want to take away certain rights.

Next time I might just go Braveheart on your pathetic butts --and name names when I hand out the WTF Award.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Florence, Colorado: FUN ALERT! The Florence Consignment Corner Grand Reopening

There aren't many guarantees in life--but I can almost guarantee that going to the Florence Consignment Corner, is the most fun you'll have shopping and browsing in a long time.

I've been saying that Florence is the FUNkytown of Fremont County for years. No one believed me. But, aha, now I have real proof.

                                                    FUN MERCHANDISE? HECK, YEAH!

Many folks visited the Florence Consignment Corner during the past year, when it was located in the old NAPA building on Main St. It was fun the past year--but now FCC has a bigger location,  at 118 W. Main St. in the old Tru Value Building.

So there is more room for fun merchandise. FCC has been open in the new location since March 1 and on Saturday, March 31, will have its grand reopening from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Yes, there will be door prize drawings.

                                                 GRAND REOPENING DOOR PRIZES

That's just a small sampling of the door prizes. Many of the FCC vendors will be donating FUN items for the drawings. I heard a rumor that one vendor donated a basket of nostalgic candy for the drawing--and there just might be some wax candy lips and other outrageously fun items in the basket.

There will be free refreshments and snacks--while they last. And there will be free fresh homemade fudge samples. In case you missed it, here's a link to a recent blog post about the fudge: https://truestoryclub.blogspot.com/2018/03/florence-colorado-life-is-better-with.html

                                               NORRIS YOUNGS SERVING UP FUDGE AT FCC

OK, I know all of you that can make it, will attend the grand reopening this Saturday. But those of you who can't...I know you'll make it to FCC as soon as you can. But in the meantime, lets take a blog tour of this store. FCC already attracts lots of local shoppers and browsers, but I'm fairly certain that FCC will also be even more widely known as a tourist destination.

I'll let you judge why that might be so. But my opinion is: I've never seen a store that has such a wide variety of EVERYTHING! Most of us have been to antiques malls. FCC is not an antiques store, but has lots of antiques and collectibles. It's not an indoor flea market, but it has practical tools and household items, without being junky. It has packaged food items and candy. It has artwork and handcrafts.

OK, enough! It would take less time to list what they don't have. Let's have some fun on our tour, which barely scratches the surface of this fun emporium.


Hands down (or up) the funnest chair ever. Just make sure you aim your descent correctly or you might get a surprise.


FCC co-owner Donny Hakes checks out a giraffe.


FCC has a great offering of Watkins products from toiletries, cleaning supplies to spices. Imagine this. You can purchase some Watkins spices.


Get cooking on some quality cast iron cookware and...


Then cook it all up vintage style on this cook stove.


Speaking of yummy things...This is one of my favorite booths in FCC. These vendors from Walsenburg have some great Colorado bread and cookie mixes. We purchased some to include in a gift basket for a charity event (in Denver) to highlight all the diversity of goods and businesses in southern Colorado to our neighbors to the north.


Cool antiques--and is that the famous kitchen sink next to the gasoline sign? I will spare you all--and not make any jokes about the FCC having everything including the kitchen sink. Wait, that's a bathroom sink--so we are all safe. But they do have kitchen sinks too.


And they have a basket of Betty Boops. Not just anyone can claim that!


And absolutely gorgeous artwork to fit any budget or decor.

I want y'all to check out Florence Consignment Corner's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/findalmostanything/ Notice it says, find almost anything. True. True of FCC and Florence in general.

Thanks to Donny and Molly Hakes, co-owners of FCC, who gave me permission to use a few of their photos for this post. Some of the photos used were taken by me--but their photos are better.

And don't forget the grand reopening March 31 at 118 W. Main St.






Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Florence, Colorado: LIFE IS BETTER WITH FUDGE!

I've been stalking, I mean visiting, one of Florence's newest fun offerings: The Mountain Fudgery.

It started out with free samples, which Sandi and Norris Youngs of the fudge business, are always happy to hand out. Then, of course, I've been known to lay down a few greenbacks for the delight of eating fresh, homemade fudge.

I haven't tried  all the many flavors yet. But don't worry. I will! So far they are all scrumptious--but the Lemon Meringue has my taste buds and heart all aflutter.

                                                  Sandi Norris of The Mountain Fudgery

All the fudge is made with fresh cream and butter. Ah, but they had me at fudge.

I asked Sandi recently to tell me either something heartwarming or funny about fudge.

She came up with something better and said, "Life is better with fudge!"

I have to agree with her.

Sandi and her husband, Norris, can be found at Florence Consignment Corner, mainly on the weekends--passing out free samples, smiles and selling their fudge.

The Florence Consignment Corner, at 118 W. Main St. (in the old Tru Value building) is celebrating its grand reopening Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sandy and Norris will be there, as well as many other purveyors of fine goods. But more about that in another blog post.

For now, we are simply celebrating fudge. And how life is better with fudge!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Florence,Colorado: We Don't Love Our Dinosaurs Extra Crispy In Colorado

We don't love our dinosaurs extra crispy in Colorado. (Twilight Zone music plays.) Or do we?

I'm the type that loves to find the fun and humor in most anything, as long as no one got hurt. And since no one got hurt--except the unfortunate T-Rex at the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience outside of Canon City--we get to find the good in a dinosaur going out in a blaze of glory.

For those who haven't heard, there was an apparent electrical malfunction at the dino attraction and bye bye Dino.

                                                 It's NOT Special Effects--It's Real

You can read all about at: Roaring fire takes down Royal Gorge Dinosaur's T-Rex: http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/news/canoncity-local-news/ci_31753822/roaring-fire-takes-down-royal-gorge-dinosaurs-t via @CCDR_news

My first thought was: Flipping Flintstones! I haven't been to the Dinosaur Experience yet--and my luck is that the T-Rex would implode a few weeks before I got out there.

In case you think I am a whiner, I am generally not. But I've had a few experiences that just when I get ready or finally see a tourist attraction--something goes wrong. The most notable was when I FINALLY got to Paris, of course I wanted to see the Eiffel Tower. I did. But I wanted to go inside the Eiffel Tower. Oh, heck no. The Eiffel Tower was closed. I had no idea they closed the Eiffel Tower. But I guess they knew I was coming.

I guess the T-Rex outside of Canon City knew I was planning on a trip and decided to go to dino heaven instead.

But, the Dinosaur Experience is not closed--and I understand from local news reports that a new T-Rex will be installed before the summer rush. Whew! I'll carry a portable fire extinguisher just in case.

I also understand that pictures and videos of this flaming dino have went viral--across the nation and the world.

Who knew that a flaming dino would accidentally get Fremont County bazillions of dollars of free publicity worldwide. And yes, this county is pretty cool. And also pretty hot when dinos catch fire.

But all the attractions are open for business, so I'll see you there. Yes, you'll be able to recognize me by my fire extinguisher with the dino stickers on it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Florence, Colorado: We Have Another Winning Eatery, Turmeric East Indian & Nepalese Restaurant

And we have another winner in Florence's varying landscapes of FUNky eateries.

Yes, we got there right when they opened for the first time on March 17th at 5 p.m. and within minutes the place was packed.

And I was packing it in myself. Oh, delicious Naan bread with some chicken curry--come to Mama.



Ah, and one of my favorites-- chicken Tikka Masala, a lovely dish redolent with tomato sauce, yogurt and spices. Interesting enough I did a little research of Tikka Masala and the origins of the dish are unknown but suspected to come from the Indian subcontinent OR Scotland. Hmmm, I put my vote in for the Indian subcontinent.


I've  been to most every East Indian and/or Nepalese restaurant from Pueblo to Colorado Springs to Denver, but I've never ran across Rasmalai, which is homemade cheese patties in sweetened cream sauce. The texture of the patties was different, but I'm of the opinion that if one gets one's cream sauce right (and they did) then who cares about anything else.

We had a lovely opening night meal. You think that was enough? Of course not. We went right back the next day for the Sunday brunch buffet. No stinking commoner eggs and bacon here. Just a few delicious vegetarian and meat dishes. Naturally we had Naan bread. And every East Indian/Nepalese restaurant I've been to always has Kheer, a rice pudding with raisins and slivered almonds.In the past, I've had a few Kheer with rose water, which was very nice. But most Kheer is quite runny. The one at Turmeric was quite thick, so I have to give it one of my top ratings.

The buffet was only $10. And the lunch buffet will also be $10.

Turmeric has something for most everyone. It's fairly easy to eat gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or carnivore there.

According to one of the servers, the family that is running Florence's Turmeric also owns Kathmandu Kitchen in Aurora, close to Denver.

The Turmeric is open everyday, except Mondays, for lunch (including the lunch buffet) and dinner.

Good eating and a welcome addition to Florence's remarkable (for a small town) choice of eateries.